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  1. ummm. there's like 3000 or more foreign students in the XiaoHeShan area... just walk out the door! (and, I only reference foreign students, cos you're on an expat/foreign website!)
  2. So much necessary information missing from this OP... like which country was the 'transcript' from? Is it for a Bachelor's degree or what? What country are you from?
  3. And, to answer your question - yes, it happens! (not to me, yet, fortunately... but there are stories around on the net and China forums).
  4. You're in a Hangzhou forum. Hangzhou is NOT Shanghai. Therefore, the system referred to above does NOT (yet) apply for businesses in Hangzhou. If they're trying to get you to work in Hangzhou, but giving you a Shanghai Work Permit, you will be working here illegally (because, you won't be working for an employer that has the right to hire foreigners in Hangzhoui!) "I am coming from a third country, not my own. They will have applied for the visa, and gotten approval before I board the plane" Yeah... and pigs fly! What happens if you don't have that 'approval' before you board the plane? And, how will you know that they actually have that approval? Here's the official Shanghai PSB website - for all your Shanghai Resident Permit information (and, just to make things clear, here's their link to the 'information' page... If this is your first trip to China, get used to this... ). so - the ultimate question is - are you working in Shanghai, or in Hangzhou?
  5. RUN!!! As fast as you can!!!! Meaning - if your 'employer' isn't organising the visa and doing all the paperwork before you get here, I'd question the legitimacy of any 'employer' expecting you to do this! As you can see in the above, the Visa on Arrival is ONLY for a short stay, WITH an onward ticket. It is NOT meant to allow entry prior to employment.
  6. Hi Brenda, and welcome. Where are you studying? There are a number of other Tanzanian students out my way, in XiaoHeShan.
  7. Normally, you can only send a maximum of $500USD per time, as a non-Chinese. Chinese people do not have this limitation!
  8. Sure... but I don't get over towards FengQi very often... I'm WAY out west...
  9. I find that Taobao - with JD and others on there - while in Chinese, are still fairly easy to navigate. They usually have the specs in English (and, often, a jpg of the English promotion materials for the products). Failing that, if you have a translation program (including just using Baidu Fanyi), you can C&P the bits of Chinese relevant to various stats... such as making sure you're looking at L3 cache rather than video ram. One problem that Taobao and its ilk to have - often there are different prices listed for what appears to be the same machine - those are the various upgrades you can get with it... usually HDD, but sometimes RAM or even video card. HK is much easier all around....
  10. Hi Namarie... A bit late, but maybe better than never. Firstly, I presume you are fully aware that you will be paid significantly less than what the agent gets - yes? In all likelihood, the agent will get paid around 11-14K per month for you, while you'll only get about 7K. If you're happy with this arrangement, then remember that, and don't complain if you hear about how much the agent makes. (ps, if you do say something, then they'll tell you how much they paid in expenses like your visa, etc... that's complete crap!!! Your visa costs about 2K (max), and probably as low as only 500). Are they paying for your accommodation? In Huzhou, it should only be around 1500/month for something you'd be willing to live in (1500 in downtown Hangzhou would be seriously skanky!) Advice? Always remember that Hangzhou and Shanghai aren't too far away.... ("what benefits should i be looking at" ...Friends? )
  11. What he said... sort of! There are 'wet markets' around, which sell fresh meat, veg and fruit. Usually, next to or near those are a stack of shops that sell other household gear - rice-cookers, mops, brooms, all that sort of basic stuff. Those are just individual shops owned my mum & dad (and sometimes son and daughter) - so they're much more keen to make a sale. All of the above can be haggled... but don't expect to be getting rich out of the savings. You DO need to do some shopping around just to get general ideas of prices (especially if prices aren't clearly displayed on the individual goods - those above may well include a foreigner tax!!!) Obviously, ANY shop in a tourist district, selling the souvenirs etc, can be haggled - because their prices are ridiculously high to begin with!!!
  12. "Friend" and "improve English" do NOT go together in any respectful way!
  13. Hi GW (Junior or Senior?) Where are you from? Godsland? Synicney? Melboured? ;p (actually, I liked my time in Melb... even the weather wasn't too bad!) So, you're going to do some flirting hey? Which gender are you? And which do you prefer to do your flirting towards?
  14. "For westerners, being loyal, or monogamous, IS a very serious step." I disagree. I think that really comes down to the sort of person one is. I would say, for the majority of people, that once one is in a 'relationship' (even one as simple as 'boyfriend/girlfriend') then the idea of loyalty is usually implicit - or at least, expected... even if the relationship isn't particularly 'serious' (ie, expecting to lead to marriage or permanence). That's why we have different words for various levels of relationships... from one-night stands, to casual sex, to FWB, to 'dating'.., to, to... partners, fiance and spouse. I, personally, don't think that 'boyfriend/girlfriend' is 'serious'... these come and go. And breaking up from this stage is hurtful, but not particularly devastating (like long-term partners, spouses, etc). @Chen - yes, I generalised. But, if one doesn't use generalisations, then most questions become pointless, as they're always case by case basis. However, it is true that the majority of Chinese girls intend to be married by the time they're 30. (and, frankly, the ones that don't care about this are MUCH better to be with!!!) Humans like to complicate things. They also have great difficulty in accepting responsibility (and the consequences of their actions). They also tend not to change - unless they are given a big/good enough reason to do so - a reason that is usually unique to that individual (what's important enough for me will not be important enough for you). People would rather die than change (look at smokers... and habitual cheaters). Often it takes hitting rock bottom. However, It's also true that many people completely misjudge what's truly important to them - and are willing to draw lines in the sand far too often (contrary to what seems to be popular opinion now, this phrase refers to the idea that the line will quickly be washed away - not one that actually means much) . It's also difficult (and usually futile) to try to change someone into something that you want - the person in your head. People usually resent this, and it will lead to a break-up, or at the very least, resentment and hostility (usually over something else). People also fear letting go. Breaking up. The possibility of being 'alone' (ie, not getting any). They tolerate behaviours that they would tell other people not to accept. Fear of loss and separation (and emotion). They're ALWAYS much worse when going through it. And, as we all know, we DO come through it, and get on with our lives. You're being unhappy with his disloyalty is NOT his rock bottom... If he's going to be leaving soon, you have virtually no chance of expecting him to be monogamous with you. If you have accepted it (forgiven), it also suggests that your line in the sand was washed away, and you've capitulated for comfort's sake (do you want loyalty, or do you want him?) I'm going to take a stab here, and suggest that if you want 'serious', then you'll also want someone who is 'spiritual'. Someone who at least understands where you're coming from with regards to life. (I'm reminded of a girl who recently expressed unhappiness with her good-looking boyfriend - and I made the point that it only takes a few months of intense gym-work to get a great body, but getting a great personality is MUCH more difficult!) The other thing you need to consider is, again, time. Many guys will be 'loyal' to their girlfriend from a fairly short period of time (but, be aware that it may mean a break-up not long after). Loyalty does NOT equal serious (in the sense that all issues need to be 'fixed' rather than just ending it). These things are usually not discussed... humans think this complicates things, or makes them responsible... it doesn't! But, what YOU really NEED to do is sort out your priorities! What is REALLY important to you?
  15. There's a new hole in the wall off TianMuShan near Zheda's Yuquan north gate (up the alley that leads to TMS) that does some nice Italian foods... includng pizza and calzone (BIG!!!) They also do sandwiches on ciabatta! Nice, and pretty cheap too! Staff (1 guy and 1 girl) are also quite friendly (basically no English though - which is no problem - you just may not be able to make suggestions :p)